What's up everyone? Happy Deepawali (or Diwali for short). I think I mentioned something about Diwali in my last week's email, but I don't quite recall. For those of you who may not know, Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. They seriously go all out here haha, it's awesome. It's kind of a combination of Christmas and New Year because there are lights of all colors everywhere and everyone gives gifts to each other and there are a TON of fireworks. When I say a ton, I mean, we were on lockdown yesterday from 6PM through the rest of the night because it was that crazy haha. We woke up this morning and there were still some fireworks going off. Crazy. I am very sorry to inform everyone that I was unable to take pictures of all the fun festivities that went on because my camera is having trouble focusing/taking pictures in general. I'll work on getting that fixed this week if I can haha. Diwali really is a rad festival.
Speaking of holidays, happy Halloween! Nothing too spooky going on over here in Bangalore. I did, however, get transferred to the Whitefield ward this week--so I'm still in Bangalore, I'm just on the east side now. It's funny: I started in west Bangalore, then was transferred to central Bangalore, now I'm in east Bangalore. Call me a trail blazer. (; Anyway, I'm STOKED to be serving in this ward! Our building is right next to the mission office and it's considerably bigger and more noticeable than other Church buildings in India so, naturally, people get curious. So on Sundays, people literally walk into sacrament meeting and ask us to teach them the gospel after church. Hahaha it's awesome. My new companion is Elder Poleboina from Hyderabad. He is an awesome, charitable guy, a hard worker, and a great teacher. All around a great missionary, I'm excited to serve with him. The work here is awesome and I'm excited to help keep it moving.
One thought I had this week was pertinent to Diwali. Culturally speaking, Diwali is the one day a year that light overcomes darkness. When I learned that, I thought, "No way, only one day a year?" How blessed are we to know that when we have faith in Christ, we can overcome darkness through His marvelous light every day of our lives. Christ truly is the light of the world and what an immense blessing it is for me to help these amazing people come to know that for themselves.
Happy Halloween and Happy Diwali (depending on what culture you identify with) and have a great week!
Keep the faith.